Jason Sudeikis Is Returning to 'Saturday Night Live'

SNL fans, rejoice! The funnyman has extended his contract through January, while three new faces will make their debut on the Sept. 15 premiere

When Saturday Night Live returns this weekend for its 38th season (on NBC at 11:35 p.m. ET), it will be without three beloved cast members: Kristin Wiig, Andy Samberg and Abby Elliott. But with an election season's worth of political satire stretching out before us, let's just be grateful that Jason Sudeikis has decided to extend his contract. No doubt we'll be seeing his Romney impression again, and soon.

In July, Sudeikis hinted that he was leaving the show, telling Men's Journal, "It's an amazing job and a horrible job, he said. "You really do serve the show. It’s just like playing in a community college. Everybody knows they’re not going to be there forever. Even the coach wants to go to a D-I school."

While he's back for now, Sudeikis may only be passing through Studio 8H. "Right now the idea is that Jason will go through at least until January," Lorne Michaels told The New York Times. "[But] he’s a fiercely loyal guy, both to the show and to me."

Fans of the show shouldn't be surprised about Sudeikis' impending departure. "The coming and going of cast members is something the show has rolled with for decades," says Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane, who's hosting Saturday's show. (Musical guest is Frank Ocean.) "So I think they're pretty well disposed to deal with that. They seem pretty excited to get started with a new group."

The newbies, up and coming comedians out of the thriving Chicago improv scene, are as follows: Aidy Bryant, Tim Robinson and Cecily Strong. After seeing this clip, it's easy to picture Bryant playing CNN's Candy Crowley, who will moderate the second presidential debate this October (the first time a woman has done so in 20 years). 

Robinson (click here for a clip) might make for a passable Paul Ryan, while Strong (click here) could potentially step into Ann Romney's shoes now that Wiig has departed. 

Fans of the show know they've already got someone to send up Clint Eastwood (and his empty chair antics at the Republican Convention). Remember Bill Hader's Clint impression back in April? 

Whatever your political leanings, the show's going to have a lot of fodder for laughs this season!

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